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Hempfield grad Miller falls in Round of 32 at U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, 11:21 p.m.
Hempfield grad Katie Miller won the  Pennsylvania State Women’s Golf Association Amateur on Aug. 17, 2017, at West Shore Country Club in Camp Hill.
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Hempfield grad Katie Miller won the Pennsylvania State Women’s Golf Association Amateur on Aug. 17, 2017, at West Shore Country Club in Camp Hill.
(from left), Katie Miller,of Latrobe Dairy Queen, and 'Ice Cream Marty' Singer, pose for a photo at the Yellow Tie Gala, held at the Latrobe Art Center on Friday evening, August 25, 2017.
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(from left), Katie Miller,of Latrobe Dairy Queen, and 'Ice Cream Marty' Singer, pose for a photo at the Yellow Tie Gala, held at the Latrobe Art Center on Friday evening, August 25, 2017.

Jeannette native Katie Miller reached the Round of 32 before falling, 3 & 2, to Mallory Hetzel of Virginia Beach, Va. in the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur on Tuesday at Champions Golf Club in Houston.

Miller, 32, a Hempfield graduate, was the top seed in the 64-player match-play bracket. She finished in a three-way tie for medalist honors Sunday in stroke play, posting a 2-under-par 142 over 36 holes.

She led after the first hole against Hetzel, but found herself 4-down through 10. She won holes 11 and 12 with pars to cut the deficit in half, but could not overtake her opponent, who made three birdies.

Miller, a freelance broadcaster and fashion model who helps out at her parents' two Dairy Queen stores in Jeannette and Latrobe, was hoping to reach the semifinals for the first time in nine tries at a USGA event. She made the quarterfinals in the 2015 and 2016 U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball tournaments and in the 2016 Women's Mid-Amateur.

A former all-ACC player at North Carolina, Miller has won the Women's International Four-Ball with Floridian Charlotte Daughan the last two years, and captured her third Pennsylvania Amateur title in August.

Miller turned professional and played on the Futures Tour in 2009 and ‘10 before having her amateur status reinstated in 2013.

She was a three-time PIAA champion at Hempfield.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at bbeckner@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BillBeckner.

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